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Willie's Locally Known

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805 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508
+1 859-281-1116
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11:00 am - 2:30 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 am

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Outstanding brunch

When we arrived, we wondered if Siri had lead us wrong or if maybe they weren't open anymore. We were wrong. The place is located in a dingy part of Lexington but it's truly a diamond in the rough. We were the first people in for the day for brunch and we sat at one of the copper topped tables.... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
Joshua Y
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Huntington, United States
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  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Huntington, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

When we arrived, we wondered if Siri had lead us wrong or if maybe they weren't open anymore. We were wrong. The place is located in a dingy part of Lexington but it's truly a diamond in the rough. We were the first people in for the day for brunch and we sat at one of the copper topped tables.... More 

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PADOVA
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111 reviews 111 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Not far away from the downtown center there is this small bar/BBQ restaurant, not much parking space in front but don't expect valet here. Everything is as it should be: wooden floor, wooden walls, wooden counters, good tap beers, a wide choice of BBQ sandwiches and burghers, fries. Some news coming from the appetizer list; there you find the green... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I'm a huge foodie, so begin the new year, my brother and I decided to spend the first two days eating as much food as we could. And we wanted some good barbecue. So we came to Willie's from friends recommendations. And we weren't disappointed! We ordered wings and the bbq pork sandwich. The wings were good, above average for... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Willie's is not my top pick when I think BBQ, but they are if I want something so hot it's stupid...hence their stupid sauce. I tried a wing with their signature stupid sauce, and as soon as the wing touched my lips they were on fire! I was applying Blistex for the rest of the day, not to mention drinking... More 

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Seattle, WA
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103 reviews 103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

First Time in Lexington. Ask the Hotel clerk where to go to hear music on a Sunday nite. Yes, Sunday Night. Willie's Locally Known, of course. I pull up about 7:30pm. Not many spots to park, glad I got there early. Enter the bar, have pretty mush my choice of seats. Sit down near the stage, not too close. I... More 

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Forestville, New York
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

We are here in April 2014 while on our way to Churchill's opening night. There were two or three people at the bar, and one other group of people outside eating besides us. It took the server 15 minutes to bring back our drinks back and come to take our food orders. Then we waited another 45 minutes for our... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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111 reviews 111 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Very good pub grub, even vegetarian plates, including BBQ. The best part is that it's a local music venue. Great music several nights a week. Fun place.

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Hazard, KY
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I had been wanting to try Willie's Locally Known for a little while and was surprised with a birthday trip on Thursday August 28th. We arrived around 7:30 pm and the band was starting to get ready. I had the Vegetarian platter and was not disappointed. The mac n cheese and the greens were some of the best I've ever... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My wife and I visited Willie's for a late dinner (around 9pm) on Sat. Aug. 31. I was tired and cranky after a long day of traveling, and the two BBQ joints the hotel receptionist recommended were either closed or too crowded. We ended up at Willie's because it seemed to fit the bill of BBQ and a local, hole-in-the-wall... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I go into Willie's very often and just cannot get enough! every time I go, they call me by name, treat me like a friend, and serve me the best food I've ever had. I go there with my family, alone, with friends, and with my husband. We love it! I constantly find myself looking for the best burger in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 805 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-281-1116

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 29
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 am

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